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Academic Calendar

2012-2013 Academic Calendar

 

COLUMBIA LAW SCHOOL
Academic Calendar 2012–2013


Autumn Term 2012
 
August
14                                LL.M. Registration & Orientation
15-31                           Intensive LL.M. Introduction to American Law (IAL) and Legal Research & Writing classes.  IAL Final exam on September 21.  
15-31                           Intensive Professional Responsibility course; Final Exam on Sept. 21
16-17                           1st year J.D. Registration & Orientation
20-Sept. 6                   1st year J.D classes in Legal Methods (LM) and in Legal Practice Workshop (LPW). LPW continues throughout the fall term); LM Final Exam on Sept.  28
27                                Change of Program (Add/Drop) period begins (only voluntary changes until Sept. 4)
31                                End of classes in Intensive Professional Responsibility and in Introduction to American Law (IAL).
 
September
3                                  Labor Day. No classes
4 (Tuesday)                First day of all other upperyear Law classes. First day of classes at other divisions of the University.
4-11                             Law School Change of Program (Add/Drop) Period continues. Action required on wait-list notifications. 
6                                  End of classes in 1L Legal Methods
10 (Monday)              First day of all other 1L classes.
11                                End of Law School Change of Program Period; after this date, changes only with permission of the Rules Committee, upon petition. 
11                                Deadline for 3L’s to register for Major Writing Credit.
21                                Final exam for Intensive Professional Responsibility and for LLM IAL.
28                                Final exam for Legal Methods. No 1L classes.
 
October
1                                  October 2012 Degree Candidates: Deadline to submit outstanding written work; Last day to file final copy of LL.M. Essay with Graduate Legal Studies.
15                                Final date to submit outstanding written work from the 2011-12 academic year. Grades due by Nov. 15; Final date to drop a Fall 2012 course (the notation of W will be recorded for these late drops).
17                                Conferral of October degrees
 
November
22-23                           Thanksgiving Holiday. No Classes
30                                Last day of 1L classes
30                                May 2013 Candidates:  Degree applications due.
30-Dec. 6                    1L study period (Exams Dec. 7-19)
 
December
7                                  Last day of upperyear Law classes;  
7-19                             1L exams
8-9                               Upperyear study days (Exams Dec. 10-19)
10-19                           Upperyear exams
10                                Last day of classes at other divisions of the University
19                                Fall term ends. Due date for submission of Fall 2012 written work.
31                                February 2013 Degree Candidates: Deadline to submit outstanding written work; Last day to file final copy of LL.M. Essay with Graduate Legal Studies.
 
 
Spring Term 2013
 
January                
14                                Change of Program (Add/Drop) period begins (only voluntary changes until January 22)
21                                Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Observed. No Classes
22 (Tuesday)              First day of all Law School classes. First day of classes at other divisions of the University.
22-29                           Law School Change of Program (Add/Drop) Period continues. Action required on wait-list notifications. 
29                                End of Law School Change of Program Period; after this date, changes only with permission of the Rules Committee, upon petition.
29                                May 2013 JD candidates: Deadline to register for Minor Writing Credit paper.
 
 
February
1                                  May 2013 JD candidates: Deadline to submit first draft of Major Writing Credit paper.
13                                Conferral of February degrees
15                                Final date to drop a Spring 2013 course (the notation of W will be recorded for these late drops)
 
 
March
18-22                           Spring Break. No classes
 
 
April
1                                  May 2013 JD candidates: Deadline to submit final draft of Major Writing Credit paper.
1                                  All students: Deadline to submit all outstanding Fall 2012 written work.
 
 
May
1 (Wednesday)           Last day of Law School classes
1                                  May 2013 Degree Candidates (All): Deadline to submit all outstanding Spring 2013 written work.
1                                  May 2013 LL.M. degree candidates: Last day to file final copy of LL.M. Essay with Graduate Legal Studies.
2-5                               Upperyear study period (Exams May 6-17)
2-6                               1L study period (Exams May 7-17)
6                                  Last day of classes at other divisions of the University
6-17                             Upperyear exams
7-17                             1L exams
17                                Last day of exams for all Law courses
17                                Continuing students: Due date for submission of Spring 2013 written work.
17                                Spring term ends
22 (Wednesday)         University Commencement & Degree Conferral
23 (Thursday)                            Law School Graduation Ceremony